Julie Longest's tenure as the executive director of Ardmore Main Street came to an end last week following the submission of her resignation. Longest served as the executive director since June 2010. Her resignation was based on a decision to focus on business opportunities.

"I am resigning as the director, but I will be involved in business with my husband Tim in downtown Ardmore," Longest said. "We have several businesses in the downtown area, and we are committed to growth in this area.

"I think there is a real momentum of people investing in the downtown area. There is growth on East Main and the Main Street Authority is in the middle of working on some projects that will make Ardmore a destination."

Longest has roots to downtown dating back to her childhood, which is the foundation of her passion for the area.

"I grew up in Ardmore and my family had a business downtown for 45 years," she said. "I appreciate the importance that local business owners have on a community."

Jeff DiMicelli will sit as the interim director in the wake of Longest's resignation. DiMicelli has been with the authority, serving as the event coordinator.

Longest credited volunteers and the city for the accomplishments of the authority during her tenure as executive director.

"I think the Ardmore Main Street Authority has tremendous volunteers, which is what makes this organization work," she said. "I have also enjoyed working with the city of Ardmore. There partnership with Main Street allows us to make great things happen, and they are invaluable to us. I also want to thank (city manager) J.D. Spohn for all he has done."